Winning render by Team Belgium

Results of the Autemo World Champs

Back last January we were intrigued by a very special new service offered by Australia based website . They gather artists from around the globe whose calling in life is to transform ordinary car images into extraordinary renditions. They don’t take prisoners in this game; if you want just a wheel change, they’ll be hankering to do a full body swop. A subtle lip spoiler? Nah, fire breathing tailpipes and outrageous slats, vents, not to mention assault helicopters plus strafing SWAT team, is more their battlefield. This transformation is what they term a “chop”.

Main attraction for the artists is to join like minded people, show off their skills and earn some money in the process. Ultimate ambition, though, is to end up designing cars for manufacturers and body modders. Autemo funnels work to their flock by being the meeting point for industry and artists.

With 1760 artists vying for attention, Autemo organised a world rendering challenge to sort the men from the, errrr, lesser photoshop-men. National pride was at stake too as members were sorted into teams by country. 4 rounds, plus quarter, semis and final would decide which of 35 participating countries prevailed. Judging was ultra democratic, with the entire community eligible to vote for each round.

Worthy winning entries based on Lotus Elise
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Base image for 911 chops in quarter finals

In each round Autemo set the challenge to transform an ordinary photo of a chosen vehicle into the car of their dreams. The teams with the most votes got through to the next rounds, with a knockout for the semis and finals. This Porsche 911 photo right, is the base image given to the quarter finalists. Now in 2011 Autemo have launched the next world series and created a dedicated website for it Visit regularly to watch progress of the competition throughout the year.

We are full of admiration for Team Belgium
who produced by far the best renderings and deserved to win. They combined imagination with fantastically detailed renderings, while paying attention to lighting, background creation and mood. Their cars look believable and desirable, and sit with convincing stance and presence. These even outshine some of the concept sketches/renderings emanating from the worlds top car designers.

We asked Team Belgium’s Marchal Jérémie ( MarchalJ ) how he felt about their win:

“Firstly, sorry for my English one can approximate, so I’ll try to be inclusive of all …”
That’s fine Marchal we’ll take it as it comes!
Thank you to you all for your support! We felt during the entire competition. It is true that we do not expect to get so far into it (especially because it’s our first time). In the queue, we have gained confidence in our chances, thanks to you, because you believed in us and that we did not want to disappoint you!

Vauxhall Meriva base image

Thank you also to my teammates! it is now two years since we work together, I can say now that WTB has enabled us to strengthen the way we work, learn from each other and build relationships! Despite the unfortunate things of life, the most joyful thing, the busy schedules and passages was empty, we’re coming! all three!
Thank you all! for the rest I would especially like to congratulate the team Poland… really my favorite this year! An example of regularity! bravo to you! Slovakia also has the Bravo! you have ample earn your place on the podium!

Round 1 – Ford Focus

Our favourite Ford Focus chop by Team Belgium

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Round 2 – Nissan GT-R

Round 2 yellowwheels selection - Nissan GTR by Team Poland

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Round 3 – Honda CR-Z

Our fave from Round 3 - Honda CRX by Team Hungary

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Round 4 – Opel Meriva

We like this transformation of Vauxhall's Meriva by Team Poland

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Quarter Finals – Porsche 911

Team Belgium gets our vote for Porsche 911 chops

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Semis Finals – Suzuki Swift R

Team Belgium take our fancy again in Semi Finals

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